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Jan 5, 2010 12:30pm EST
in the british government now an advisor to the united nations. >> you have the ability of an al qaeda affiliate to put together a relatively sophisticated plot, albeit with somebody who didn't quite get his explosives right but in this case you did have a young man from nigeria who was able to be trained and equipped in the use of explosives, put on an airliner and he's the kind of guy right now al qaeda is looking for. somebody who speaks english well has traveled in the west, he has and most importantly visas that will get him into the united states and britain. so this is the kind of threat where it's maybe an individual now rather than in one particular cell that al qaeda can utilize in this type of aircraft attack. >> there's still a lot of unfinished work today-to-do for the obama administration in reforming the way intelligence is shared inside the u.s. bureaucracy for looking at the problem of signal to noise in the system, wrefb information is shared, how do you distinguish reliable and important information from false reporting and misleading reporting. there's... anyone who works in
CBS
Jan 2, 2010 6:30pm EST
to al qaeda in yemen. >> al qaeda and in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> glor: i'm jeff glor. also tonight, the new front in the war on mirk. security camera video captures the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old just months after the killing of another student from the same chicago high school. and whale mystery-- why are these giants of the deep massing off california in greater numbers than ever before? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening. the president today clearly laid the blame for the foiled christmas day airline bombing attempt on al qaeda militants in yemen, and he said the u.s. is stepping up aid to yemen's embattled government. also, cbs news has learned the u.s. is playing a more direct role in yemen's anti-terror war than previously acknowledged. more on that shortly, but first we begin our coverage this even with our chief white house correspondent chip reid who is traveling with the president in hawaii. chip, go
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 12:00pm EST
pushback. >>> he says the attempted terror attack is fresh evidence that al qaeda is figuring us out. the last word from michael scheuer, former chief of the cia's osama bin laden unit. this is the "state of the union" report for sunday, january 3rd, 2010. >>> we begin today with the latest on the failed christmas day bomb plot. joining us now, man reporting directly to president obama about what went wrong, and how to fix it. john brennan, welcome to "state of the union." before we get to that christmas day bomb plot, there's breaking news this morning we need to talk about. hours ago the u.s. embassy in yemen closed in response from threats to al qaeda. you've been briefed by general petraeus and others and general petraeus was, of course, just in yemen. is there an imminent threat o all americans there? >> i spoke to our ambassador in yemen both this morning as well as last night and there are indications al qaeda is planning to carry out an attack against target inside of sana, possibly our embassy. we take every measure possible to ensure safety of diplomats abroad. we're workin
NBC
Jan 10, 2010 12:00pm EST
this wall. >> the time for change has come to -- zwhr how many al qaeda members are plotting right now to strike us? how many targets are they casing? how many suicide bombers could they be sending our way? even as we sit here? deadly enemy. al qaeda killed seven of our best in that diabolical strike at the c.i.a. in afghanistan. did bin laden set that attack? if al qaeda's on the run, why do they seem on the attack? and finally, command and control. has barack obama been too much the candidate and not enough the executive? has he shown real control of the government bureaucracy? in fighting this war? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. elisabeth bumiller covers the pentagon for "the new york times." joe kleine is a time magazine columnist. andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs correspondent at nbc news. and david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. first up, president obama reminded the country this week that enemies of america are still very much a threat. >> we are at war. we are at war against al qaeda. a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us o
CSPAN
Jan 3, 2010 6:00pm EST
department to close the embassy in yemen, this morning on fox news. >> there are indications that al-qaeda is targeting our embassy and personnel, and we are not going to take chances, and we made a decision last night and again this morning to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the diplomats there. >> you said targeting the embassy, you mean you had indications that they might explode a bomb? >> al-qaeda has tried many attacks. we know in november, 2008 they carried out such an attack. we continue to distract that and we know there are opportunists to carry out the attacks and we rare preventing that. >> are others in danger? >> activities are notified and we are making sure that all u.s. citizens are protected from al-qaeda. >> but are u.s. citizens in that country at risk?hw >> until the yemen government gets on top of al-qaeda, there is a risk. that's why we are working closely with the yemenian government. >> tim and pamela, the general was in the area and they will hold a conference to look at what is happening in detroit. >> right, the general is from the u.s. co
WHUT
Jan 4, 2010 7:00pm EST
to threats from al qaeda. >> i looked at the intelligence that's available as far as the plans for al qaeda to carry out attacks, possibly against our embassy, possibly against u.s. personnel. decided it was the prudent thing to do to shut the embassy but we're working very closely with the yemeni authority to address the threat that's out there. it just demonstrates that al qaeda is determined to carry out these attacks and we're determined to thwart those attacks. >> reporter: yemen is one of the poorest and most politically unstable coue middle east. in recent years, it has become a breeding ground for terrorists. u.s. officials believe they were behind the failed attempt to bring down a detroit-bound passenger jet on christmas day. the nigerian suspect said he had received training anexplosives from al qaeda in yemen. britain agrees that militants in yemen pose a growing threat and along with the u.s., has pledged to increase counter terrorism funding to the country. >> we've been working with the americans to strengthen counter terrorism cooperation in yemen. yemen has been recognized
WHUT
Jan 9, 2010 7:00pm EST
had a message for al qaeda. >> president obama said the review into the christmas day terrorist plot revealed alarming and avoidable lapses in counter-terrorism operations. >> the u.s. government had the informations scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence we had. >> in blunt language the report specifically blamed the cia and the national counter-terrorism center for failing to connect the dots. it also outlines additional new meases to try to prevent future attacks, including more emphasis on high priority threats and following intelligence leads. faster distribution of intelligence reports, moves to strike an analysis of intelligence and an immediate effort to add more people to america's no-fly list. >> these reforms will improve the ability to collect, integrate, and act on intelligence affectively. >> travelers should expect more delays and security screening as a result, specifically wider use of high-tech body scanners.
FOX News
Jan 3, 2010 6:00pm EST
that al-qaeda in the peninsula is targeting our embassy and our personnel and we are not going to take any chances with the lives of our diplomats and others at the embassy. we made a decision and i spoke with the ambassadors last night and again this morning to make sure that we are doing everything possible to protect our diplomats there. we are working closely with the yemenis and they are providing support but we are not going to take any chances. >> chris: did you have intelligence that they might try to explode a bomb or attack the embassy? >> they have been trying to carry out such attacks. in november of 2008 they carried out such an attack against the embassy. we know there are a number of al-qaeda operatives determined to carry out the attacks and we are not going let that happen and if we have to close the embassy to ensure that we have the opt mall security we doll that. >> chris: are u.s. citizens in yemen in danger? >> u.s. citizens are notified when such activity takes place. we are doing everything possible to make sure that all u.s. citizens and westerners and the yemenis
WETA
Jan 4, 2010 11:00pm EST
ofhreat whe it's maybe individual now rather than inne particularcell th al qaeda cantilize in ts type of aircft attack. >> there's still a lot of unfinishedork today-to-do for the oba administration in reforming the w intelligence is shared inside the u.s. bureaucracy for loong at the probm of signal to noise in the syst, wrefb information is shared, howo you distinguish reliable and important informatio from fae reporting and misleading reporting. ere's... anyone who works in e system who dls with that reporting testifies that there is an enormous amount of noise in the system. and even if you share the noi, that doesn't actually create the clarity you need to act against real threats. >> yemen is a country's inreat chaos at t moment. there's a civil wa in the north draining off a l ofmilitary resources at e moment. there's a separate surgency which increasgly violent in the uth. the govement is running o of moneas it loses oi export and so i think what the u.s. needs to do is really wk on stabily within yemen because at the momt, al qaeda the arabian peninsula. ani think it' impor
PBS
Jan 4, 2010 6:00pm EST
to abdulmutallab. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda and that this group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him. >> woodruff: the u.s. and british embassies remain closed after that same al qaeda off-shoot issued new threats on sunday. other western embassies curtailed activity. and yemeny security forces killed two militants in a raid outside the capital. back in washington, secretary of state hillary clinton said the american embassy would reopen as conditions permit. and she said the situation in yemen is a top concern. >> the spillover effects from instability directly impact the neighbors. obviously we see global implications from the war in yemen and the ongoing effort by al qaeda in yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region. >> woodruff: on sunday brennan, the president's deputy national security advisor, said the u.s. will help yemen deal with al qaeda. >> we're not going to let al qaeda continue to sort of make gains in yemen because we need to take whatever steps necessary to protect
ABC
Jan 3, 2010 10:00am EST
? >> it shows the threat that al qaeda poses in the area. i spoke with the ambassador there. looked at the intelligence available. the attacks possibly against the embassy and personnel, we decided it was the prudent thing to do to close the embassy. we're working closely with the yemeni authorities to address the threat that is out there. >> a live threat, an active threat? >> there is. al qaeda has several hundred members in yemen. they've grown in strength. that's why, from the very first day of this administration we've been focused on yemen. i've been to yemen twice. we're continuing a dialogue. we've provided equipment and training. we're cooperating closely. we've known about it for awhile. we're determined to destroy al qaeda in pakistan, afghanistan, or yemen. we'll get there. >> there's a report that the british and the united states are setting up a counterterrorism police force in yemen. is this a new front? does it require more american boots on the ground in yemen? >> we've been investing in yemen for many months now. we're working closely with the yemenis and internat
CBS
Jan 7, 2010 6:30pm EST
failure. the president says u.s. intelligence knew al qaeda in yemen was planning to attack the u.s. and was recruiting someone to do it but failed to put the pieces together. i'm katie couric. also tonight, how vigilant is the t.s.a.? watch as a american easily breaches security at newark liberty airport after an officer leaves his post unguard unguarded. and where america stands in the battle against obesity and what's being done to save our children. >> just what i used to look like and then what i look like now kind of upsets me. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening. everyone. the white house laid it all out today, just how u.s. intelligence failed to detect and stop that christmas day terror plot. and president obama addressed the nation to outline the steps he's taking to fix the system. the president took responsibility for the failure saying "the buck stops with me." but he also ordered intelligence agent agencies to assign clear lines of responsibility for follow
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 1:00am EST
the suspect on the u.s. airliner and al qaeda based in yemen. the president said that the al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has targeted the u.s. before and the u.s. is fighting back, he vows. >> as president, i made ate priority to strengthen our partnership with the yemeni government, and sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al qaeda terrorists. before christmas day, we had seen the results and training camps struck and leaders killed, and you, too, must know, you will be held in account. >> there is another development we want to tell you about yemen. president barack obama has been briefed on the meeting today between the president of yemen and the commander of u.s. central command general david pe tray yas, and yemen's president offered his thanks for the help in the battle against the extremists. ed henry is traveling with the president. i want to start with the president's remarks tying the christmas day attack with yemen. >> well, he had not gone there yet, don, in remarks throughout the past week or, so and that is important to note, but what you just menti
WETA
Jan 4, 2010 5:30pm EST
> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >>> yemen launch as fresh attack ainst al qaeda as new details erge about the accused nirian bombers' stay there. a glimm of good news fm pastan. a school blt by a charitythat offers young students a way out of grinding verty. as part of our continuin coverage of the obal vironment, we will take to you indonesia where deforestation continues at shocking levels. >>> and from mexico, young children prepare for the teacher by perfecting these moves. if tey , someday they may end up looking like this >>> from the dferent perspectives of analys and reporters arou the world, this "worldfocus." major support has be provided by rosalind p. walte and the ter g. peterson foundation, dedicated promoting fisc responsibility d addressing key economic challenges facing amica's future. and additionalunding is provid by the following supporters -- >>> good ening. welcome toworldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new yk. we beginonight with what i ing onn thearabian peninsula and a w american warning toda aboutthe fluence and danger of al qaeda in yemen. secretary state
WETA
Jan 5, 2010 12:00pm EST
incarnation of al qaeda thate've dealt with in yen. is organization is really feeding off of and benefitng from the chaos in yemen. i think over the last say, four or five years, you know, al qaeda has come bk a bit, but it's dpped off again, iny opinion. i think the troue is that e event f december shows how fragile public confidence in internatiol counterterrorism work. you kn, that an eventike that obviously mak everybody ve afraid again and so teorists have achieveduite a lotven byn unscessful attempt and i thin that it's very difcult for governments-- whether it's the united states authorities or others-- to say ere's going to be a rtain riskrom terrorism, you can't have 100% safety andecurity, rticularly in airlinesut alson any other transportatn or place whe the public gather >> rose: and we tk about counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategy wh hank krumpton, a formerc.i.a. opative with deep and wide perience in afghanian. >> we think of war as nations fighting natio, armies fighting armies and we thinf r only in kinetic sense but if you look at thi new era of conflict-- and
FOX
Jan 3, 2010 9:00am EST
? >> well, there are indications that al-qaeda peninsula is targeting the embassy and targeting the personnel. we're not going to take chances with the lives of our diplomats and others at the embassy. we made a decision overnight. it spoke with the ambassadors last night and again this morning to make sure we're doing everything possible to protect our diplomats there. women're working closer with the yemenese. they're providing support but we're not taking chances. >> chris: you say targeting the embassy, do you mean you had indication, intelligence they might try to explode a bomb or attack the embassy? >> al-qaeda has been trying to carry out such attacks over the past many months. we know in november of 2008 they carried out such an attack against the embassy. we're continuing to track this. we know there are a number of al-qaeda operatives determined to carry out such attacks. we're not going to let that happen. if we have to close the embassy to ensure we have the optimal security, we will do that. >> chris: are u.s. citizens in yemen in danger? >> the embassy has a warni
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 10:00pm EST
and an al qaeda force based in yemen. the president said the group in the arabian peninsula has attacked the u.s. before, and the u.s. he vowed is fighting back. >> as president, i've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the yemeni government, training their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al qaeda terrorists. even before christmas day we had seen the results, training camps had been struck, leaders eliminated. all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on christmas must know, you too will be held to account. >>> the president has been briefed on the meeting that took place between the president of yemen and general petrais. the president's remarks, tieing al qaeda forces in yemen to the christmas day attack. >> reporter: his strongest words yet, don. he had not gone there in remarks throughout this past week or so. i think that is very important to note. i think what you just mentioned about the president being briefed about general david petrais' trip to yemen, that's a clear signal the u.s. is leaving the door open to mo
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 8:00am EST
that the british embassy has also closed. the president has already blamed and al qaeda affiliate for the attempted christmas day bombing and the u.s. military top commander just held a meeting with yemen's president. what can be done here to stop the growing threat? >> you can say arctic blast? many of you already feeling it because nearly half of the nation is waking up with temperatures either at or plea zero. we'll is your frigid forecast. but right back to our breaking news. >>> the u.s. embassy in yemen closed day prompted by al qaeda threat. we have also learned that the british embassy has closed, as well. do you know the nature of these threats? because now both the u.s. and the british embassies are closed. >> reporter: we don't yet know the specific nature of the threats. we know from the announcement by the u.s. embassy that there were threats directed at u.s. interests in yemen. that's no surprise considering all the tension the past couple of weeks. the british embassy as well has now announced they'll shut down. with regards to the u.s. embassy, they're shutting down for an unspecifi
CBS
Jan 7, 2010 7:00pm EST
that al qaeda in yemen was actively recruiting people to attack the united states but those agencies failed to follow through. >> rather than a failure to collect or share gel skwrepbs, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: the review ordered by the president finds that the u.s. government had sufficient information prior to attempted december 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the al qaeda plot. but when the president met in the oval office to review terrorist threats just three days before the attack, umar farouk abdulmutallab was not even on the list, despite a series of red flags. >> what's new here and what's important and dramatic is the fact that you have an al qaeda affiliate trying to hit the homeland directly. >> reporter: numerous officials, including the president's top homeland security advisors say they share in the blame. >> i told president today i let him down. >> reporter: the head of the national counterterrorism center left for a ski vacation shortly after the attack, meeting with the white house by se
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 8:00pm EST
hours ago the u emba -- u.s. embassy in yemen closed in response to threats from al qaeda. we know you've been briefed by general petraeus and others and general petraeus was of course just in yemen. is there an imminent threat to all americans there? >> i spoke with our ambassador in yemen, the ambassador, both this morning and last night, and there are indications that al qaeda is planning to carry out an attack against target inside of saana, possibly our embassy, and what we do is to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our diplomats and citizens abroad. so the decision was made to close the embassy, we're working closely with the yemenee government and taking the security precautions. >> is this type of imminent threat there evidence of a ramped up threat by al qaeda generally to move to american soil as we saw on christmas day? >> i think what we've seen over the past several years in yemen is increasing strengthening of al qaeda forces in yemen. there are several hundred al qaeda members there, and from the very first day of this administration, i traveled out the
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2010 10:00am EST
on msnbc, break news. the u.s. embassy in yemen has been shut down after ongoing fears of an al qaeda attack in the region. >>> weather warning. a record cold snap in parts of the country. the weather channel forecast is ahead. >>> new pictures as an unhappy elephant runs into a crowd. we'll tell what you may have set him off, whether anybody was injured. >>> also, how hollywood plans to top a monster year at the box office. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm david chuter in today for alex witt. we'll have all those stories. >>> plus, the big changes coming to your credit card account. >>> first up, this sunday morning we're following breaking news. an active threat by al qaeda has forced a closure of the u.s. embassy in yemen. the suspect in the christmas day plane bombing attempts as he got his marching orders from al qaeda in yemen. an emerging front in the war on terror. all 500 u.s. embassy employees in yemen have been instructed to stay away from their job until further notice and to remain inside their homes as much as possible. >> there are indications that al qaeda's planning t
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 4:00pm EST
there in the middle east. the united states closed its embassy in yemen, citing fears in al qaeda might try to stage an attack. also, britain closing its doors at its embassy there as well. there's still no word as to when either will reopen. meanwhile, breaking news on a related security story. the transportation security administration has just unveiled new directives for certain international flights. samantha hayes joins us live from washington to talk about the new directives and the story developing out of yemen. the new directives in effect tomorrow. >> these are dramatic, brooke. starting tomorrow, tsa is mandating every person flying into the u.s. from or through a country that's a state sponsor of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through a hand screening or secondary screening. that can include body scans, patdowns and other regulations. and this is sure to slow down the boarding process but it also comes after the u.s. government stepping up counterterrorism efforts in yemen which is emerging as a more serious front in the war on terror. on the southern tip
ABC
Jan 3, 2010 10:30am EST
, an active threat? >> there is. al qaeda has several hundred members in yemen. they've grown in strength. i've been to yemen twice. we're continuing a dialogue. weave provided equipment and training. we've known about it for awhile. we're determined to destroy al qaeda in pakistan, afghanistan, or yemen. we'll get there. >> a counterterrorism police force is being set up in yemen. is this a new front? does it require more american boots on the ground in yemen? >> we've been investing in yemen for many months now. we're working closely with the yemen yemenis and international partners. we've known about the front. we've been able to make progress and gains. we were able to identify the al qaeda operatives and commanders and leaders. successful strikes were carried out. several of the members, senior leaders, that are no longer with us today as a result of the actions. >> let's turn to flight 253. the president has reports from the cia, department of homeland security, other agencies. the basic questions that the american people, have who dropped the ball here? where did the system fail? >> t
WHUT
Jan 5, 2010 7:00pm EST
officials say the government has sent thousands of troops to take part in a campaign against al qaeda in three provinces in recent days. as we have seen, the united states has been emphasizing an increasingly cooperative relationship with yemen in the last few days. underscored by comments over the weekend by president obama and a visit to yemen by general david petraeus. the commander of u.s. forces in the region. however, the "washington post" reports today that senior yemeni officials are playing down the partnership, fearing that the government could pay a heavy political price for aligning itself with the united states and appearing too weak to control al qaeda by itself. the article says, while playing down the u.s. role seems designed to prevent a domestic backash, it also raises questions about the government's long-term commitment and will to fight al qaeda in the wake of the attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner on christmas day, analysts say. >>> even after the united states focuses on al qaeda in yemen, another threat from the terrorist group is emerging in the deserts of
CSPAN
Jan 3, 2010 10:00am EST
and they have poverty. and corruption and inflation, and then you have security challenges. the al-qaeda and having civil war in the north and obsession movement in the south. so all of these challenges are coming together and there is a fear this will overwhelm yemen. host: as far as al-qaeda, why do they pick yemen to operate? guest: there are many reasons, because the government doesn't have control over all the country. and it's in these ungoverned sources that al-qaeda will seek safe refuge, and that's what is happening. host: the numbers are on the bottom of the screen, we are talking to christopher boucek about yemen and what is being done. how does yemen get on with its neighbors now? guest: yemen has well-developed relations with the gulf countries. with the relationship with saudia arabia is one that is recently become more difficult because of the security situation in yemen. i think that the saudi's look at what is going in yemen and see this as a source of the problems in their country. there are a number of event that is took place in yemen that had a negative effect on sa
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2010 11:00am EST
's happening right now. >>> but first up, al qaeda threatening americans overseas. an active threat has forced the closure of the u.s. embassy in yemen. the british embassy has also been closed. the suspect in the christmas day plane bomb attempt said that he got his marching orders from al qaeda operatives in yemen and today all 500 u.s. embassy employees there have been instructed to stay away until further notice and to remain inside their homes as much as possible. new details were revealed this morning on nbc's "meet the press." >> there are indications that al qaeda's planned to carry out an attack in sana, the capital. yemen. we know they are targeting or embassy personnel and we want to safeguard our diplomats and others down there so it was the prudent step to take. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins us now live from the white house. the administration's trying to portray this as out of an abundance of caution. but anything more specific about what prompted them to do this? >> we're told there is no specific threat but a number of factors picked up in intelligence over the last several days
PBS
Jan 13, 2010 5:30pm EST
the leader of an al qaeda cell. abdullah mehdar has said to have died in heavy gunfire. elsewhere, the two of the yemeni security forces were killed. the four biggest banks in the u.s. told a public inquiry they underestimate -- underestimated the severity of the situation. a court in the philippines has heard a grim account in the murder of 57 people. in local deputy mayor says he personally saw the error to a powerful clan kill a woman and two journalists. -- saudi heir to a powerful clan kill people. google is planning to pull out of china. e-mail accounts of chinese human rights activists were hacked into. they are no longer willing to censored their search engine and china. >> tonight at googled headquarters in beijing they have been marking what they believe is the grave of google's ambitions in china. >> if we don't have google it is a blow. they have come under attack from hacker is trying to access e-mails of chinese human rights activists. it is no longer prepared to cooperate with china, even if that means shutting its chinese area. >> this is a pattern we have seen where we hav
CSPAN
Jan 12, 2010 9:00am EST
of al qaeda and possible successors to osama bin laden. from the carnegie endowment for international peace, this is just under an hour and 15 >> jerod is the author of global jihaddism, and with the first director of research at the combating terrorism center at west point. brian was also presently at west point, also director of research at the combating terrorism center and recently started at the new america foundation, so we're very excited to have him much closer. so jerod, please begin. >> thank you everybody. i know fargo, north dakota, is a hotbed of counterterrorism research, and analysis. we're actually trying to make it such. it's my hometown and it's good to be in a heat wave. it was about 45 below a few -- how is the mic level? does that work? ok. so you know, i've been -- i've been musing about abuah for a long time and we've been talking about who he is, what he represents and at first i started ringing his bell i guess around 2006, i mean, it was an interesting story, we'll get into it when he escaped fro from bagram in 2005. he wasn't coming out until 2006, on al qae
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 2:00pm EST
that his government spared al qaeda while it was busy fighting insurgencies in other parts of the country. and in kabul, the top u.s. military intelligence officer issued a scathing indictment, calling its information gathering system clueless and ignorant of the local situation. the commander of centcom, general david petraeus, will join us to talk about it. we'll also be talking about another key source of conflict, the fight over water in yemen and else where. with robert f. kennedy jr. and former u.s. secretary of state madeline albright will join us later in the hour. >>> but, first, my interview with general petraeus at cent com headquarters in tampa, florida. general petraeus, thank you for joining us. >> great to have you at centcom. >> yemen is the focus of the military and everyone looking at al qaeda. is yemen is a safe haven for al qaeda today? >> certainly the location of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, given that franchise, if you will, by al qaeda senior leadership this past year. been in our view scope for a number of years. we were concerned about it even when i was in
FOX News
Jan 4, 2010 6:00pm EST
microscope, following reports that the al-qaeda branch is seeking to become a major player in global terrorism. senior white house correspondent major garrett reports on how the u.s. is dealing with the increasingly dangerous situation. >> president obama and the first family arrived in the frigid nation's capital as the pursuit unfolded half a world away in yemen, as the government was criticized for lackluster terror attacks in the past, launched new attacks outside the capital. hillary clinton after meeting with the prime minister of you tar qatar called yemen a top concern. >> we see the ongoing efforts by al-qaeda in yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region. >> the u.s. embassy remained closed for a second day as to the british and french embassy. japan, germany and the czech republic sensing peril closed their embassy today. the al-qaeda threats to the embassy intensified recently. >> they are targeting our embassy and targeting our personnel. we're not going to take chances with the lives of the diplomats and others at the embassy. >> they offered
MSNBC
Jan 4, 2010 2:00am EST
security threat posed by al qaeda there. the announcement one day after the president specifically implicated the yemen based branch of al qaeda for being behind the christmas day terror attempt. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda, and that this group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives, and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> we are joined now live by the president's top counterterrorism adviser john brennan. welcome to "meet the press." >> thank you, david. >> this president's directive to close the embassies because of specific intelligence that an attack is coming? >> yes, there are indication that's al qaeda is planning to carry out an attack in the capital of yemen. i spoke to our ambassador down there. both the british and u.s. embassies have closed to give the yemeni government a chance to thwart that threat and the plans that are afoot right now. >> a threat against our embassy? >> we know they've been targeting our embassy or embassy personnel, and we want to do everything possible to
WHUT
Jan 7, 2010 6:30pm EST
. we are at war against al qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that i -- killed nearly 3000 innocent people and is threatening to strike us again. if we will do whatever we can to defeat them. al qaeda's leadership is hunkered down. we have worked with their partners to flecked major blows against al qaeda leaders. -- inflect major blows against al qaeda leaders. is a clip -- >> is it clear exactly what is going to change? >> we have a list that has just been put out this afternoon of all of the things the president says he will ensure will happen to stop people from carrying explosives onto planes. the president said that the system is not broken. he says that it needs tightening up and strengthening. fundamentally, the system is working. there was intelligence in the system that flag abdulmutallab as a terror suspect. any number of bureaucratic fixes there over the department of state. over at homeland security, lots more body scanners in airports. more scners were deployed across the u.s.. over at the central the intelligence agency, timely distribution of intelligen
WHUT
Jan 27, 2010 7:00pm EST
. yemen has rallied behind the government in its fight against al qaeda but any heavy security crackdown leads to citizen deaths in rural areas could turn the tide against the government. something that could limit the military options. and they are still deeply concerned the country could be overrun and even occupied by foreign troops for a prolonged period of time. mistst on both sides make them worry they can't take out on their own. it is unlikely to be resolved during a one-day meeting in london. al jazeera. >> despite what you just heard, a rejection of foreign troops by yemen's leaders, the "washington post" reports today that american military teams and intelligence agencies have been deeply involved in secrejoint operations with yemeni troops for the last six weeks. those troops have reportedly killed six of the 15 top leaders of the al qaeda affiliate in yemen. the post reports the operations involve several dozen troops from the u.s. military's clandestine command whose main mission sow tracking is killing suspected terrorists. the american advisers tonight take part in raids
HLN
Jan 3, 2010 5:00pm EST
of al qaeda threats against american interests. now the embassy is not saying if there's any specific threat, and it's unclear when it might reopen. the british embassy in the yemeni capital is closed today. yemen is pledging more cooperation in the fight against terrorism. and experts on the region warn it will take a lot of time and resources to root out al qaeda in that country. >> the al qaeda threat is not simply to u.s. interests but very much to yemeni interests as well. the people of yemen have suffered a great deal, in terms of economic well-being because of al qaeda's activities there. so that's number one. and i think the second thing is that, based on that, actions by yemeni security forces are likely to be much more effective in countering the al qaeda threat in yemen than direct action by u.s. military forces. >> there are no easy, no obvious solutions in yemen. but one of the most important things for the u.s. to ceremony that it's not going to defeat al qaeda in yemen today, tomorrow, next month or even next year. it's going to be a very long, a very hard slog. there's
MSNBC
Jan 4, 2010 1:00pm EST
in securing its borders and providing for its people in combatting al qaeda. the instability in yemen is a threat to regional stability, and even global stability. >>> the fallout for air travelers. new rules, new delays. and a false alarm at newark international caused them grief overnight. >>> this hour homeland security and intelligence expert congresswoman jain harman, plus eleanor hill, the staff director from the 9/11 investigation. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams and nbc terrorism analyst michael sheehan and roger cressey. and counter terror chief john brennan takes on criticism from former vice president dick cheney. >> i'm very disappointed in the vice president's comments. i'm neither republican or democrat. i've worked for the past five administrations and either the vice president is willing ly mischaracterizing or is ignorant of the facts. either case it doesn't speak well for what the vice president is doing. >> pat buchanan along with politico's jonathan martin weighing in. >>> what happened to the year of the woman? notes from a cracked sealing, ann cornbl
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